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Old 04-30-2009, 04:16 AM   #1
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Needle frustration
I learned to knit on little short DPNs and now I have decided I want to make a sweater. Well you can't make a sweater on DPNs. You have to use those long, unwieldy regular needles. These needles keep bumping into things, get stuck on/in things. How do you manage these wicked objects of knitting torture long enough to get anything made?
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Old 04-30-2009, 04:59 AM   #2
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Try using circular needles instead. (You just knit back and forth like usual, ignoring that they're connected.) The tips are a lot shorter than regular knitting needles, so more like what you got used to with DPNs.
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Old 04-30-2009, 07:27 AM   #3
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I didn't notice that much of a problem when I was using 14" straights. But now I use circular.

8" dpns on in the round parts of a nearly finished sweater are an issue. You just kind of keep everything pushed away and tucked together.
If you're doing a collar pulling the sleeves inside helps some.
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Old 04-30-2009, 08:00 AM   #4
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Right now I am still doing the back of the body of the sweater. I still have another 14" to go. It seems like the 14" needles get hung up on everything, the chair arm, my sleeves and/or shirt, the blanket if I am covered with one, everything. I worry about using the cable needles since I have never used any before, and I am not sure I have any long enough, will have to look at what lengths I do have.
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Old 04-30-2009, 08:32 AM   #5
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I can't use 14" either. I'm glad I stumbled on this forum and read about how so many use circulars for most, if not all, of their knitting. It was the perfect solution for me. I still use the 10" straights sometimes and never had a problem with those but I can't get many stitches on them and that's where the ciuculars come in.
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Old 04-30-2009, 11:13 AM   #6
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Two words - CIRCULAR NEEDLES! I never use straights anymore except for the occasional DPN.

Circular needles are easier on your hands, arms and shoulders, too. For large projects the work sits on the cord in your lap waiting to be knit and you don't have to hold it up on one or two needles.
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Old 04-30-2009, 11:18 AM   #7
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I am on my way to Hobby Lobby to get another cable needle set since I don't have one long enough, or the correct size. From what I have read, 29" is a good size for all around projects. I am using a size 7 straight needle, will the cable needle also be a size 7?
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I am on my way to Hobby Lobby to get another cable needle set since I don't have one long enough, or the correct size. From what I have read, 29" is a good size for all around projects. I am using a size 7 straight needle, will the cable needle also be a size 7?
The needle sizes are the same, it's the cord that makes the difference in length. Circular needles are measured tip to tip. 29" is good, but I prefer a 32" for sweaters if they are top down or bottom up. You end up with a lot of stitches at some points.
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Thanks. I will probably pick up a couple sets since I have to drive 30 miles each way. Might as well get everything I need :0
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Thanks. I will probably pick up a couple sets since I have to drive 30 miles each way. Might as well get everything I need :0
If you like circs you might consider investing in an interchangeable set. It'll save you money in the long run and you rarely run out of sizes.
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